A former editor of Boston Review and a widely published book critic, Gail Pool has published three critically acclaimed books: "Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork," a cross-cultural travel memoir; "Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America," an in-depth look at how reviewing works and fails; and "Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories. " Her essays, book columns, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Women's Review of Books, Columbia Journalism Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Christian Science Monitor, Massachusetts Review, The Plain Dealer, The Nation and many other publications. She holds a BA in Ancient Greek from Harvard University, as well as an MA in English and Creative Writing and an MLS. For many years she taught Writing for Publication at the Radcliffe Seminars. Born in New York City, she lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA, and in Sanibel, FL.
Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork
Lost among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork by Gail Pool is a wry account of a fiasco of a field trip among an enigmatic people in New Guinea that Gail and her husband, Jeremy, took in the 1960s. It chronicles their intense months in the jungle, moves briskly through the culture-shocked years back home, and concludes with their return to New Guinea – 40 years later – and their warm reunion with the people who so upended their lives.
Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America2007
Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories2000